Machine Stitch is an essential read and reference for any textile student, practising embroiderer, designer or artist. Written by a team of the most important and influential names in the field it explores the creative potential of stitch through the use of a variety of machines, both old and new.
Chapters ware written by contributing authors and include such titles as Drawingn and the Chimera of Embroidery, Stitched Words, Surface Sensibilities and An Eye of the Future. There is an excellent glossary of terms used and a section on recommended further reading.
Machine Stitch is not a how-to book, it is an introduction into the influence and change that was brought into textiles with the advent of industrialization and mechanization when machines could speed up production of stitched textiles.
Consider this book if you are keen on history and examining or studying more thoroughly. One bt on the fly leaf says "This book is the definitive record of the vast number of machines from the traditional Irish Embroidery machines to the latest generation of computerized sewing machines and features a rich and fascinating record of the machines themselves and the samples and artwork that were produced on them."